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Christmas tree contest lights up McDonough
by Christine Fonville
December 24, 2013 10:54 AM | 1736 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Cristy Smith. JoAnn Vincent of McDonough displays her Christmas Tree Contest entry.
Staff / Cristy Smith. JoAnn Vincent of McDonough displays her Christmas Tree Contest entry.
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McDonough residents have until Monday to stroll around the Square and see various Christmas trees uniquely decorated for the city’s first Christmas Tree Decorating Contest.

The contest, which kicked off on Dec. 2, is hosted by the McDonough Main Street Program and the Greater McDonough Business Association.

Families, businesses, nonprofits and individuals in the area set up and decorated their trees in assorted locations along the downtown area.

Visitors can pick up a map at the Welcome Center at 5 Griffin St. to see where each of the trees is located.

Main Street Program Manager Kira Harris-Braggs said although the contest is new, residents have shown an interest in keeping the downtown area festive.

“We have 25 different trees and we’re very excited that business owners and the community were the ones who came up with the idea for the contest,” she said.

Cash prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners Dec. 24 and those viewing the trees voted for their favorite to win the people’s choice award.

Harris-Braggs said the contest was formed not only to bring people to the Square, but also to help a local nonprofit assisting local women and children in need.

“We’re asking people who are viewing the trees to donate an item or two for the Henry Haven House,” she said.

Items on the nonprofit’s wish list include toiletries and clothing, which can be dropped off at the Welcome Center.

Harris-Braggs said she hopes the contest will encourage residents to come out and support local businesses and restaurants during the holiday shopping season.

“We have several new businesses on and around the Square and we have businesses that have moved to different locations, so we wanted to have an event to circulate people downtown and get them familiar with the recent changes. But, most of all, this is a fun competition designed to bring people together and celebrate the holidays” she said.

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